John Harrison

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John Harrison is a travel writer and lecturer, and a native of Liverpool, England. He took First Class Honors in geography at Cambridge University and a Masters Degree in environmental planning at Liverpool University. For 20 years he worked for the UK government on planning and environment matters. John’s short stories have been broadcast on the BBC and collected in book form. His first travel book, Where the Earth Ends, about South America and Antarctica, was a Sunday Times Book of the Week, and has been translated into German. He won first prize in the Alexander Cordell Travel Writing Competition in 2004 and 2006. John has traveled to 60 countries on six continents, and has extensive cruise experience in Antarctica, the Arctic, Latin America, and the British Isles. He has made radio programs for the BBC about Antarctica and Easter Island. His particular interests are the links between real voyages and fiction, and the impact of exploration and conquest. John walked 700 miles through the Andes for his book, Cloud Road, about the Inca realm, which won the 2011 Wales Book of the Year. He was the first outsider some of those people had ever met. Forgotten Footprints, Lost Stories in the Discovery of Antarctic Peninsula, won the non-fiction prize in the 2013 Wales Book of the Year and the 2014 British Guild of Travel Writers’ prize for best narrative guidebook. His most recent book, 1519 A Journey to the End of Time, combines an exploration of Mexico with a personal voyage following life-threatening illness. John is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a member of the Society of Authors, the Welsh Academy, and the Royal Society of Literature. Further details are on his website: www.cloudroad.co.uk.